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There are guys down on the Pont d'Iéna with various-sized souvenir Eiffel towers set out on little mats. In front of them they have chalked '5 F' on the pavement.

I do not know if these are authentic souvenirs or merely fake copies. One thing is sure, somewhere there is a sizeable factory that does nothing else except make miniature Eiffel towers.

To All Readers With Strange Email Addresses

Last week I mentioned here that some readers are apparently not getting responses to their email messages. I specifically mentioned those who are writing from South Africa but I do not think the country of origin has anything to do with the problem.

I don't know what causes the problem. According to the 'returned' email's header, my reply reachedphoto: scare coeur, montmartre the proper machine, its sub-domain and its domain in South Africa. It said, 'Unable to deliver to 'username.'

This happened with an old pal in Australia too. If I sent a message it bounced back. If I had the server-lady Linda Thalman send it through her connection, it went through. The short-term solution was for my pal to use a 'freemail.com' account.

For this particular reader in South Africa, sending the message via the server-lady got the same result: 'Unable to deliver to 'username' - after five days.

Montmartre's Sacre Coeur on Tuesday.

Luckily I have found my first edition version of the 'Internet Starter Kit' - now in its third edition - and it may contain a solution for this problem. But I don't know what it is because I haven't looked it up yet. Any tips from readers will be welcome.

Café Metropole Club's 24th Session

The 24th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' came off with less than no excitement last Thursday. You can read what I invented about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page.

Last Thursday's meeting 'report' would normally be re-run on this week's 'Club News' page. This is still not a good idea again this week, so something - anything - else will be occupying this page in this issue.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.13 - 29. March1999 - The Café Metropole column was headlined: - 'Terminal Drowsiness and Leadfingers.' 'Au Bistro' had 'The Total Flop of the Euro.' This issue had one feature, but unlike last week's - entitled 'SAGA: 13th Engraving and Print Show' - which was the Salon du Livre, part II.' This issue's 'Paris' Scene' had 'The Incredible 'Clovis' Boo-Boo.' The server-lady Linda Thalmanphoto: le pavillon de la reine wrote about a 'pedestrian rallye,' which is not happening this year. There were four 'Posters of the Week' as usual and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'How You Spell Dunno?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.13 - 30. March 1998 - The Café Metropole column was headlined 'No Burning Hurry For You.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Political Turmoil Continues.' This issue had three features, entitled 'Cleaning Up the Book Ends - Salon du Livre, Part II' - again! - 'Exclusive: 'NAO' Weather Affects Europe' and 'Walking and Biking Around Paris.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned ''Alo! 'Alo!'

The Metropole Paris Countdown to 31. December 2000:

If I was a reader instead of 'Ed,' I would write to 'Ed' to say this whole notion is moronic nonsense. What I don't understand about this new countdown is readers not objecting to it. What's the matter with you? Here is the 13th issue of the year and I haven't received any tut-tuting complaints, yet.

This new countdown will last only 366 days, minus the 72 days already gone. The official reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'get it right' - and for a leap year it ought to. So many count-down fans missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999 when Paris' countdown clock gave up. The 'unofficial' reason will be revealed in due time one of these days.

There are about 287 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium.
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